Obama Victory

It’s all over bar the shouting – three networks have just said Obama will take Iowa, which means CNN, NBC, PBS and even FOX are projecting Obama wins with at least 275 Electoral College votes – with some close swing states he’s expected to narrowly win still to come in.

And CNN just called the popular vote for Obama too.

Don’t worry, Agonist Dems, I’ll wait until tomorrow to launch into a rant about how you all better hold Obama’s feet to the fire and not talk about “Romney could’ve been worse”. Also tomorrow – whither the shrinking party of angry, old, rich, white men now?

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Steve Hynd

Most recently I was Editor in Chief of The Agonist from Feb 2012 to Feb 2013. My blogging began at Newshoggers and I’ve had the immense pleasure of working with some great writers there and around the web ever since, including at Crooks & Liars. I'm a late 40′s, Scottish ex-pat, now married to a wonderful Texan, with Honours in Philosophy from Univ. of Stirling, UK 1986. I worked most of life in business insurance industry (fire, accident, liability) including 12 years as a broker/underwriter/correspondent at Lloyd’s of London. Being from the other side of the pond, my political interests tend to focus on how US foreign policy affects the rest of the planet. Other interests include early and dark-ages British history, literature and cognitive philosophy/science.

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  • WOOt!!!!!!

    Democrat firebrand Alan Grayson returning to Congress

    AP, November 7

    Outspoken liberal Alan Grayson won a return trip to Congress on Tuesday after a defeat two years ago, while freshman GOP Rep. Steve Southerland beat back a tough challenge. Democrats eyed several competitive seats in hopes of gaining clout in Florida’s heavily Republican congressional delegation.

    Grayson won by a big margin, topping lawyer and conservative radio host Todd Long in Central Florida’s District 9. Southerland’s win was tighter, but still decisive, defeating Al Lawson, a longtime Democratic state lawmaker and former college basketball star for the Panhandle seat.

    In Miami, Republican Congressman David Rivera is being sent home after one term amid accusations of ethics violations.

    With 80 percent of District 26 precincts reporting, Democrat Joe Garcia led with 53.9 percent of the vote.

  • Wisconsin’s Tammy Baldwin becomes first openly gay senator; Tommy Thompson retires

    NBC News, By Jeff Black, November 7

    Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin became the first openly gay U.S. senator on Tuesday, defeating popular former Gov. Tommy Thompson, NBC News projected.

    Thompson, who served as Secretary of Health and Human Services in the administration of George W. Bush, retired from politics in his concession speech.

    “I’m not going to run again,” Thompson, 70, who survived a divisive ideological primary, told supporters on Tuesday. “But I certainly am going to be supporting people to do the right things for the right reasons to build Wisconsin and build America.”

    The Senate race was the most expensive in state history with the two candidates raising at least $65 million, Reuters reported.

    Baldwin will take the seat of Democratic Sen. Herb Kohl, who is retiring after his fourth term.

  • GOP keeps control of House

    The presidential contest was a nail-biter, but voters casting ballots left the U.S. House firmly in the grasp of Republicans.

    USA TODAY, Fredreka Schouten, November 6

    Washington – Republicans retained their grasp on the U.S. House, and immediately pledged to serve as a check on President Obama’s second term and a Democratic-controlled Senate.

    Republicans headed into Election Day with 242 seats under their control, and Democrats held 193. While Democrats made inroads in a handful of congressional districts, they were falling short of winning the additional 25 seats needed to seize the majority.

    “Twenty-five was always a daunting number,” said Jessica Taylor, an analyst with the independent Rothenberg Political Report. “To get there, everything had to go right” for Democrats.

  • Colorado is first state to legalize recreational pot

    Reuters, By Keith Coffman, November 7

    Denver, CO – Colorado became the first state to legalize the possession and sale of marijuana for recreational use on Tuesday, setting up a possible showdown with the federal government as backers of a similar measure in Washington state declared victory.

    A third measure to remove criminal penalties for personal possession and cultivation of recreational cannabis was defeated in Oregon, where significantly less money and campaign organization was devoted to the cause.

    Supporters of a Colorado constitutional amendment legalizing marijuana declared victory and opponents conceded defeat after returns showed the measure garnering nearly 53 percent of the vote versus 47 percent against.

    “Colorado will no longer have laws that steer people toward using alcohol, and adults will be free to use marijuana instead if that is what they prefer. And we will be better of as a society because of it,” said Mason Tvert, co-director of the Colorado pro-legalization campaign.

  • Puerto Rico votes on whether to change relationship with US, elects governor and legislators

    Associated Press, November 6

    San Juan, PR— Puerto Ricans faced a fundamental question on Election Day: Should they change their ties with the United States?

    Citizens in the U.S. island territory cannot vote in the U.S. presidential election, but many were excited to participate in a referendum on whether to push the territory toward statehood, greater autonomy or independence.


    With 243 of 1,643 precincts reporting late Tuesday, 75,188 voters, or 53 percent, said they did not want to continue under the current political status. Forty-seven percent, or 67,304 voters, supported the status quo.

    On the second question, 65 percent favored statehood, followed by 31 percent for sovereign free association and 4 percent for independence.

    “Puerto Rico has to be a state. There is no other option,” said 25-year-old Jerome Lefebre, who picked up his grandfather before driving to the polls. “We’re doing OK, but we could do better. We would receive more benefits, a lot more financial help.”

  • A hollow victory to be sure, Steve. The hard work still lies ahead. I hope war with Iran and total economic collapse has at least been deferred, if not avoided.

  • It’s comforting to classify the Republican Party as the party of old, angry, white, rich men – but it’s not quite accurate. It isn’t the party of the intersection of those trends, it’s the party of all of them individually, with race maybe being the most pronounced.

    Take a look at CNN’s exit poll data – Romney took a majority of whites, men and women, and he took a majority of whites across all age groups. Data reads a lot more like the Republicans are the party of whites – and all the privilege normally subsumed under the labels of rich, angry, etc. – full-stop.

    • Yep. While I’m very glad that we didn’t get an actual robber baron as a president, I’m also quite disappointed that almost half of voters were OK with that.

      I have to reassure myself that almost half of voters means about 20% of people of voting age. That leaves some hypothetical space to not be surrounded by imbeciles, lunatics, and/or sociopaths.

  • What the 2012 election taught us.

    Presidential elections are teaching moments for political junkies.

    Washington Post, By Chris Cillizza

    We’ve been scouring the data for clues as to what we should learn from what happened tonight as President Obama relatively easily claimed a second term. Five of our initial lessons learned are below. Much more to come in the days and weeks ahead.

    More at the link

  • Republicans Face Struggle Over Party’s Direction

    NYT, By Carl Hulse, November 7

    Mitt Romney’s loss to a Democratic president wounded by a weak economy is certain to spur an internecine struggle over the future of the Republican Party, but the strength of the party’s conservatives in Congress and the rightward tilt of the next generation of party leaders could limit any course correction.

    With their party on the verge of losing the popular presidential vote for the fifth time in six elections, Republicans across the political spectrum anticipate a prolonged and probably divisive period of self-examination.

    The coming debate will be centered on whether the party should keep pursuing the antigovernment focus that grew out of resistance to the health care law and won them the House in 2010, or whether it should focus on a strategy that recognizes the demographic tide running strongly against it

    More at the link

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